A few thoughts as we head into October, and over the next few weeks autumn becomes early winter. Wintering wildfowl will be arriving in force, including Tufted Duck, Pochard, Wigeon, Teal and Shoveler. Waders such as Snipe will be passing through and arriving to winter, along with scarcities such as the elusive Jack Snipe. Numbers of finches and Pipits will be passing through, including numbers of Meadow Pipits – and wintering Thrushes in the form of Fieldfares and Redwings will be arriving from Scandinavia from mid-month to feast on our berry crop before they range further afield especially as the weather turns colder.

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